German Village Gazette

Village Notebook

Be a great placemaker -- learn along with us


The German Village Society, collaborating with other urban Columbus neighborhoods, has created the Great Placemakers Lab coming up on Sept. 16-19 -- a hands-on workshop to engage ALL of Columbus' neighborhood leaders and activators.

If you are a member, sponsor or volunteer with the German Village Society, that activator is YOU, and this workshop is for you.

The full schedule is available here: http://greatplace

Register here: http://great

Learn from regionally and nationally known "placemakers" to understand how to maximize the people, places and political power you need to advance your own community. Here's just one example: Jim Diers is a nationally known speaker and activist who for many years empowered neighborhoods throughout Seattle to become more engaged, and more empowered. Now let him share his secrets with you in his half-day workshop, Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The Great Placemakers Lab is a unique opportunity for neighbors to learn alongside professionals and industry leaders in transportation, community involvement, accessibility and more.

APA/AIA/ASLA/Ohio Realtors credit -- up to 20 hours -- is available. So if you're a professional, let your employer pick up the tab and earn needed continuing ed credit.

Can't take off work? Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday night, Sept. 16. Get inspired by Kyle Ezell -- who helps neighborhoods identify and celebrate the culture and features we already have in place, and maximize them for economic development and community engagement. For $25, you can join Ezell at a post-talk cocktail party.

Building our people in our communities: Parent Power is a key!

Schools are the lifeblood of every community and the recipe for success includes engaged parents.

Because of the initiative and energy of parent groups in many of Columbus' neighborhoods, the Great Placemakers Lab is hosting a special session for Parent Engagement on Sept. 18, and we are pleased to bring to town two pioneers in the cause: Jacqueline von Edelberg and Susan Kurland.

These women are known from the book How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance. They have been featured on Oprah & Friends, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, Education Weekly and in the local Chicago media.

Questions? Please contact me at or 614-787-7129.

The Village Notebook column is provided to ThisWeek German Village Gazette by the German Village Society. Shiloh Todorov is the society's executive director.